Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Tuesday called on youths to join him on Peace Walk, for healing of Lagos State.
Sanwo-Olu made the call in Lagos, during a news conference on the State Government’s position on the recommendations of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry on EndSARS, submitted on Nov. 15.
He also called on the members of the diplomatic corps, civil society groups, students, the media, as well as other stakeholders to join him in the Peace Walk.
The governor said that Lagos State deserved true healing after the disturbances that trailed the 2020 protests against police brutality.
According to him, only sustenance of harmony can guarantee the realisation of aspirations of all residents.
”I will be leading ”A Walk for Peace” in December to herald the healing of our land.
”Let me use this occasion to extend an open invitation to Folarin Falana (Falz), Debo Adebayo (Mr Marcaroni), Dele Farotimi, Temitope Majekodunmi, Segun Awosanya (Segalinks), Adedotun (Just Detoun), and Seun Kuti.
”Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, Commander of Rapid Response Squad (RRS), CSP Yinka Egbeyemi and others to join me on this ”historic march” for our dear Lagos,” he said.
Sanwo-Olu said that the state currently faced the hard choice of restoring harmony or doing itself a great harm.
He urged residents to join his administration in strengthening harmony and put the state on the path of peace.
The governor urged residents to reject those fueling anarchy and suspicion, clinging to unsubstantiated belief that carried no weight of verifiable evidence, while choosing emotion over facts.
He said that his administration was ready to facilitate better communication between youths and state’s security machinery, to resolve issues before they would become intractable.
He said “Nobody will build this city for us. Let us show the world who we are. We are Lagosians. A people of great renown, driven by the irrepressible spirit of Lagos.
”It is a testimony to our strength and resilience as a people that, despite the huge losses incurred because of these terrible incidents, we have bounced back, with our economy as vibrant and virile as ever.
”I have no doubt whatsoever, that our prospects are as bright as ever and the best lies ahead of Lagos State and Nigeria.
”We will make it easier for our young people to initiate formal complaints on human rights violations through the Ministry of Justice.
”We will also improve the coordination between the state government and the security agencies, including the police and the military.
”In this vein, we are studying how to improve security policy formulation, information sharing, and clarifying rules of engagement in times of social unrest,”.
Sanwo-Olu said that the state had established a mechanism to compensate all those who lost homes, businesses, and livelihoods to the violent destruction of Oct. 2020.